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BOOK REVIEW: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is the book review where I will absolutely gush about Illuminae, a YA space opera that is a combination of Battlestar Galactica, the Walking Dead, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. This book was un-put-downable, and unlike anything I've ever read before. First: We must...
Vengeance Road

BOOK REVIEW: Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman

Excuse me while I gush about Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman! I absolutely adored this book! Plus, that cover!?! Swoon! I want to get the cover designer for one of my next books! When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden guild mine,...
Torch against the night

BOOK REVIEW: A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which was one of my favorite books of 2016. Read my review HERE. A Torch Against the Night picks up immediately where the first book leaves off, with Laia and Elias seeking to flee the Martial Empire,...
YA Fantasy Crooked Kingdom

BOOK REVIEW: Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to Six of Crows. Six of Crows was one of my favorite books of 2016 (check out my review here) and so I was giddy with anticipation for the sequel! For the most part, I was not disappointed! Six of Crows and Crooked...

BOOK REVIEW: Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

Check out my review on The YA Shelf, reprinted below! This book whisks you on a magical adventure full of deliciousness for all of your senses. Caraval is about two sisters, Scarlett and Donatella (Tella for short), who live under the iron thumb of their cruel father....
The Raven Boys

BOOK REVIEW: The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater

Can I share about my newest girl crush? It's on Maggie Stiefvater, the author of the Shiver books, The Scorpio Races, and *squeal* the Raven Cycle. I tend towards fantasy in stand-alone worlds, and so I wasn't sure what I would think of the Raven Boys, the first book...

BOOK REVIEW: The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh

This magical read is based on A Thousand and One Nights, the Arabian tale of Shaharazad. Girls are being murdered by the young caliph of Khorasan. Every day he marries one, and in the morning they are strangled with a silk cord. After Shahrzad's best friend, Shiva, is...
YA Fantasy A Mortal Song

BOOK REVIEW: A Mortal Song, by Megan Crewe

Tomorrow is launch day for A Mortal Song, the newest book from an author friend of mine, Megan Crewe! A Mortal Song is set in Japan and chock full of Japanese mythology, history, and stories. If you liked Moonburner, you'll  definitely enjoy A Mortal Song! Check out...
YA Fantasy Rebel of the sands review

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton

Check out my review of Rebel of the Sands on the, reprinted below! This YA fantasy book sweeps you away to a dark mystical landscape full of shifting sand, nightmare monsters, and fantastical tales. Add a gun-toting kick-butt heroine straight out of a...
Young Adult Fantasy Truthwitch

BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch is a fast-paced fantasy featuring the daring adventures of two best friends. Think Thelma and Louise meets Jason Bourne meets Lord of the Rings! The story features Safiya and Iseult, two bad-ass chicks with dangerous magical abilities. High-born Safiya is a...